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Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew’s Marianne North

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If, like us, you've never heard of the Victorian painter Marianne North, this lovely short film provides a great introduction to a forgotten artistic talent.

Commissioned by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew for International Women's Day, the animated film, directed by Rok Predin through Trunk and narrated by Emilia Fox, shines a light on North's incredible oeuvre. Currently on display at her namesake gallery in Kew Gardens, it's the oldest permanent solo exhibition by a female artist in the world. 

North travelled to some of the globe's most remote and inhospitable environments - the Amazon, the jungles of Borneo, the Australian outback - to capture exotic flora on canvas, and the film brings her incredible journey to life through a painstaking process of digitally deconstructing, and then reconstructing, the paintings. 

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